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Table 4 Psychiatrists’ Readiness to be involved in the assessment of Psychiatric Euthanasia procedures

From: Belgian psychiatrists’ attitudes towards, and readiness to engage in, euthanasia assessment procedures with adults with psychiatric conditions: a survey

Readinessb N = 178a
Would you consider to actively engage in one or more roles concerning explicitly expressed (distinct?) euthanasia requests of adult patients with (a) psychiatric disorder(s)? N (%)
No, in not one single role 29 (16.3%)
Yes, as treating physician, who refers the own patient to a colleague-physician for further clarification/advise 121 (68.0%)
Yes, as attending physician, engaged in the clarification of a euthanasia request of my own patient 70 (39.3%)
Yes, as attending physician, engaged in the clarification of a euthanasia request of a colleague-physician’s patient 62 (34.8%)
Yes, as preliminary advising physician concerning a partial aspect (e.g. ruling out the existence of an acute depression, assessing mental competence).c 78 (43.8%)
Yes, as procedural advising physician concerning the legally required 1st or 2nd advice 54 (30.3%)
Yes, as performing physician, when being present at, assisting in of carrying out the act of euthanasia in my own patient 15 (8.4%)
Yes, as performing physician, when being present at, assisting in of carrying out the act of euthanasia in a colleague’s patient 8 (4.5%)
  1. a Missing cases n = 6: these missings concern psychiatrists who have filled out the online survey up to and including the 13 statements, but no(t much) further. It concerns psychiatrists that worked as psychiatrist with adult patients during the last 12 months (no retired or child psychiatrists)
  2. b More than one conceivable role could be ticked by the psychiatrists
  3. c In some cases, the ‘Advising role in a preliminary stage’ was chosen by retired psychiatrists and/or members of ethical committees